Who believes in hell anymore? If people really believed in hell, would they be doing all the evil they are doing, and that without blushing? Would they be committing adultery, fornication, or homosexuality? Would they be lying, cheating, and stealing?
Most preachers no longer preach or teach about hell, as though it just disappeared or never existed. This has been done to make the church more acceptable to a generation which has rejected the authority of the scriptures.
If we are going to accept God’s plan of salvation we also must accept His plan of damnation. The same Jesus that offers us the great and precious promises of heaven is the same Jesus that said: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (2 Pet 1:4 f; Matt. 10:28).
The Purpose of Hell
Where there is no law there can be no sin; where there is no sin there is no penalty, and where there is no penalty there is no hell. The principles of right and wrong require a penalty to enforce it.
This modern age believes that hell is an antiquated folktale which has lost its power to detour man from sin. Yet, if there is such a place, we are compelled as Christians to warn the lost of their condition outside of Christ. None of us have to go to hell by the will of God, but rather by the will of ourselves (2 Pet 3:9). Every sinner who is lost to hell walks over the crucified body of Jesus and tramples the “blood of the covenant” with no concern for his own soul (Heb 10:29). God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit have already done all that they can do to keep us from this awful place of torment (Jn 3:16).
Hell will be eternal. The same word that describes the existence of God and the Holy Spirit describes the duration of hell. Jesus said, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matt. 25:46). This will not be temporary torment, but a punishment which has no end.
Hell Is Dark
Hell will be dark because God will not be there. There will be no hope for the future and no opportunity for change, for our destinies will be sealed (Matt. 25:30). “The sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt 8:12 f; Matt 25:30).
Hell Is A Place Of Fire
“And the smoke of their torment will ascend up forever and ever: and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name” (Rev. 14:11). Jesus warned of the existence of hellfire when he said: “Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matt 5:22 “And if your hand offend you, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched” (Mk 9:43-48f; Isa 66:24).
Hell Is Never Full
Hell was described as a place which is ever growing and expanding and always capable of taking in more (Isa 5:14). Unlike our penal system, none will escape damnation because hell has reached full capacity. Its gate is wide, and its way is broad, and many shall enter into it (Mt 7:13). Even as an evil man enlarges his wicked desires, so hell enlarges itself (Hab 2:5).
Hell Described In Detail
Hell is described as an awful dwelling filled with terror and punishment awaiting those who reject Jesus Christ. Jesus described hell in graphic terms in his story of the rich man and Lazarus. Hell was described as a place of insufferable pain, where one is tormented by fire night and day, with no water to even cool the tongue (Lk 16:19-31).
John described hell being cast into a lake of fire which burns with fire and brimstone, where it’s inhabitants will be punished night and day (Rev 20:10).
Who Will Be Cast Into Hell?
The Devil, and his angels will be cast into hell (Rev 20:10). Whether rich or poor, great or small, those whose names were not written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:12-15). All who add to or take from God’s Word will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 22:18,19). All who teach false doctrine will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10 f; Jam 3:1). All adulterers, all fornicators, all homosexuals, all liars, and all workers of the flesh shall be cast into the lake of fire (Gal 5:19-21 f; Rev 21:8). All those who preach another gospel than what the apostles preached, they shall be accursed (in hell) (Gal 1:8,9). All who obey not the gospel of Christ, and all who know not God will be punished with everlasting destruction (2 Thess 1:7-9) All Christians who remain not faithful unto death will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 3:11).
How Shall We Escape Hell?
How shall we escape if neglect so great salvation (Heb 2:3). It is true that each of us deserves hell because of our sins against the Lord (Rom. 3:23 f; 6:23). However, the wonderful truth is that no one has to go to hell. We can lay hold on eternal life through faith in the divine Son of God, Jesus Christ. God is gracious and merciful and wants to save us, but he gives us the choice! Paul said, “For when we were without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man, some would even dare to die. But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Much more then being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Rom 5:7-9).
Jesus put it as blunt and straightforward as anyone when he said, He that believes and is baptized shall be saved (from hell), but he that believes not shall be condemned (in hell) (Mk 16:16). John said if Christians remain faithful to the doctrine of Christ, they will receive a crown of life, which was promised to all who love God and keep his commandments (Rev 2:10 ff; Jam 1:12; Jn 14:15).